By Richard “Doc” KraftVietnam Veterans of America
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1004 of Lebanon, has been busy during the month of November.
We started by giving our annual talk to the students of Southside Elementary School of “What is a Veteran,” and asking the students to bring canned goods which would be used to feed needy veterans and their families a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The food they brought us was staged in the building on West Main Street donated for this purchase by Crye Lyke.
On Friday, Veteran members loaded and moved this massive assortment of food on five trucks and trailers to the School House on the Wilson County Fair Grounds. On Saturday, we gathered at the school house where we were joined by many volunteers of the Vietnam Veteran Associates, Brooks House residents and Director Liz Reese, as well as family members and other volunteers from the community.
This food was sorted, boxed, and given to the recipients along with a frozen Butterball turkey. All of this was given without any kind of charge and we did not request or accept donations of any kind.
It is and shall be our policy to never ask for money from any food recipient. The Associates fixed and fed a feast of food for consumption by all involved as well as those arriving to pick up their food boxes.
Members of the public and Veterans are invited to give non-refrigerated food, money and youthful voluntary assistance to our group of Veteran Elders and Associates for future assistance to those who may need just a bit more than what they now have while remembering that Christmas is just around the corner.
Contacts for this are as follows: Betty Kirk (Associate) at 444-0918, Wendel Grandstaff (President) at 973-3126, Jack Hawpt (Vice-President) at 479-3327, Doc Kraft (Board of Directors) at 477-8088.
Please note that we have ceased any and all affiliation with the Wilson County Food Program (for veterans) as of November 2, 2009.
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1004 of Lebanon, are proud to announce to the public of Wilson County the recent un-selfish act so endeavored by our Southside Elementary School.
We wish to thank the principal, vice-principal, teachers, staff and all of the students who gave so generously to our chapter’s food program. The request, we as Vietnam Veterans feeding our Veteran community of all wars, was answered to the flavor of true Tennessee Patriotism.
Due to this endeavor, we fed a well-filled food compliment along with a frozen turkey to more than 80 needy families of our Wilson County Community. This American Traditional Thanksgiving meal gives you a star on our flag of pride.